This is an ordinary house, ca. 1850, 3 rooms deep and 3 storeys tall, facing Square in Savannah. In the 1920's, it was one of several rental properties owned by a rich aunt, who provided it to her niece and niece's husband while they were getting started. In 1925, the couple had their only child at a hospital a couple blocks away and brought her home to live in this house until she was 13. That child was Mary Flannery O'Connor, a girl who appears to have known her mind from a young age and later became a novelist and short story writer of the 1950's. She died in 1964 of lupus, at the age of 39. I had heard of "Flannery O'Connor", the writer, but didn't know anything about her before visiting the house. We were shown around by a guide with a deep knowledge of the writer's life and works and a real love of her story. We left eager to read her work.
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